News Rachael Neustadt with her children, from left, Meir, Jonathan and Daniel

A British-based former teacher embroiled in an international tug-of-love fight with her Russian ex-husband over custody of their two sons has won a “landmark” court ruling in Moscow, lawyers said today.

Corrupt police used terror tactics to help reporters

The Metropolitan police will examine allegations that the News of the World paid policemen to track down targets using a method called "pinging", which involves bouncing a person's mobile phone signal from relay towers to locate their exact whereabouts. It is a tactic typically used by police or the intelligence services, with the help of network providers, to hunt dangerous criminals and terrorists and requires top-level clearance on a case-by-case basis.

Bail law rushed through the Lords

Emergency legislation to reverse a legal ruling that has thrown the police bail system into chaos completed its Lords stages in less than two hours and awaits Royal Assent later tonight to become law.

The full list of university fees

Here are the details of the fees that universities and colleges in England are planning to charge next year (2012/13).

I was targeted too, Gordon Brown to say

Gordon Brown will today break his silence over the News International scandal by accusing Rupert Murdoch's organisation of targeting his personal information, The Independent has learnt.

Universities to learn if they can charge maximum fees

Universities will finally learn tomorrow whether they are allowed to charge students the maximum £9,000-a-year tuition fee from September 2012.

John O'Connor: The suspects are in charge of the case

News International and the Metropolitan Police are looking into corruption at Wapping. But face-saving is their priority

Military figures furious at claims soldiers' families were hacked

The slew of revelations about fresh potential victims of hacking continued yesterday, with the latest names to emerge those of families of soldiers killed in Iraq.

Britain's got talent: New Designers exhibition offers chance to buy a future furnishing classic

Trish Lorenz meets the young names with big interiors ideas

4,000 potential hacking victims highlighted

More than 4,000 potential phone hacking victims have been highlighted by Scotland Yard, detectives leading the investigation said.

Phoenix battered by dust storm

A massive dust storm descended on the Phoenix area in Arizona, drastically reducing visibility and delaying flights as strong winds uprooted trees and left thousands of residents without power.

Leading article: This grubby scandal takes on a dark new significance

This was not only a disgusting intrusion – it interfered with an urgent police investigation

UK girls at risk of mutilation abroad

Thousands of British schoolgirls as young as eight face being taken abroad this summer to have their genitals mutilated and stitched up to preserve "purity".

Eleven, By Mark Watson (Read by Jot Davies)

This goes out to the one I left behind

Graduates feel growing burden of student loans

Graduates can expect to take an average of 11 years to clear their student debt, according to an independent comparison website.

Joan Smith: Farming out forensic science is criminal

Sherlock Holmes used a magnifying glass, while Hercule Poirot relied on his little grey cells.

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